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Chickenfoot and Mastodon Score Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart

It’s another solid week for new rock releases on the Billboard 200 albums chart. ‘Chickenfoot III’, the latest from super group Chickenfoot debuted at No. 9 selling 42,000 copies. Their previously released self-titled album in 2009 rocked the charts at No. 4 with 52,000 units sold so the ‘Foot has some catching up to do. But with the combined star force of Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith, this release has some staying power.

Moving 39,000 units in its first week, Mastodon’s latest ‘The Hunter’ debuted at the No. 10 spot, marking their highest charting release to date. Their 2009 release ‘Crack the Skye’ never managed to ‘crack’ the Top 10, so the band has reason to celebrate coming strong right out of the gate. According to our near perfect review of the album, Mastodon “do what they do best: evolve, complicate and simply stick to their formula, without ever forgetting to up the metal ante.” Read the full review here.

Not making the Top 10 but still landing in the top 25 and and keeping the metal torch lit is ‘Unto the Locust,’ the latest from Machine Head. The album sold more than 17,000 copies, landing at No. 22.

An honorable mention goes out to Sebastian Bach, the former frontman of Skid Row. His latest solo release ‘Kicking & Screaming’ debuted at No. 73 selling 6,600 units. Sales are consistent with his last solo release in 2007 that opened up selling 6,400 units proving that Sebastian Bach’s audience is a pretty loyal bunch..

Also seeing some movement on the charts is Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ jumping 146-13. While this jump may seem strange given the album was released two decades ago, the 20th anniversary editions seemingly had a large impact. If you thought you knew everything about ‘Nevermind,’ check out our 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind‘ feature to test your knowledge!

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